Will God really take care of me?

In my book Prince Crossing, Vicki has to learn to trust that God is going to take care of her, even when it seems impossible. He does that through the little day-to-day details.

There are more examples of that in Scripture than we can possibly count. Look, for example, at how God took care of the Israelites when they left Egypt all those years ago. After spending 40 years in the wilderness, they finally make it to the Promised Land and this is what happened:

“While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho. And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.” Joshua 5:10-12 ESV

What strikes me is the fact that the manna that they had been relying on for decades ceased the day after they ate the produce from the land that had been promised to them.

Why was that so significant? It was a clear sign from God that they were right where he wanted them. It also had to be an enormous reminder of how God had miraculously provided for their needs.

I’m also struck by the fact that they were faithful to celebrate Passover—another example of God’s provision. They were remembering the extraordinary way that God had brought them out of slavery in Egypt into a land of their own. On the night of Passover, he not only delivered them but kept their firstborns safe on the horrifying night when so many firstborns died (Exodus 12).

So the Israelites were celebrating two great provisions. They celebrated the fact that God had delivered them from slavery and death. They also celebrated the fact that God had faithfully met their needs.

We, too, have much to celebrate. Not only have we been delivered from the slavery of sin and death, but we have God’s promise that he will supply our needs (Philippians 4:19).

We have had some lean times in our family over the years, but God was always faithful. He sometimes provided miraculously (such as a small, random check in the mail when we had no money for groceries) and sometimes he provided just in the nick of time (such as when he gave me a job right when two daughters' college tuition bills were due).

Such close calls taught me to trust God for other things when times were more stable financially. The glorious truth is that God doesn't waste anything, but uses it all to help us to know him better. And what he most wants us to know is that he will take care of us.

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